Three More Navy SEALs Spared Review After Trump's Intervention

In this handout provided by the U.S. Navy students from Basic Underwater Demolition  SEAL class 284 participate in a land navigation training exercise

Spencer was sacked Sunday by Defense Secretary Mark Esper for working a private deal with the White House to ensure that Gallagher be allowed to retire without losing his SEAL status. Spencer was sacked this week over the controversy.

Gallagher was charged with multiple crimes including killing a wounded ISIS fighter but was convicted only of a lesser offense of posing with the corpse of that captive.

Trump tweeted last Thursday that Gallagher would keep his trident, but Navy leaders were slow to acknowledge the tweet as an order. Later the president overturned his demotion after his conviction.

"The President has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices", Mr Spencer wrote in a piece published by the Washington Post on Wednesday.

The US Navy announced on Wednesday it would cancel plans to carry out reviews of three Navy SEALs that could cause their dismissal of the elite, after the extraordinary intervention of President Donald Trump in a related case. In Spencer's telling, that raised three questions for the Navy, including whether Gallagher should be allowed to retire at his current rank. Robert Breisch, and Lt. Thomas MacNeil were set to face the review board due to their roles in the scandal surrounding Gallagher, who was accused of killing a teenage ISIS fighter in USA custody and shooting at Iraqi civilians.

"The United States Navy, and the Naval Special Warfare Community specifically, have unsafe and important work to do", Modly said in a statement.

Modly's announcement follows Trump's declaration on Twitter that the Navy would not be taking away Gallagher's Trident pin.

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Jackie Speier tweeted Tuesday morning that she will be calling for an investigation into Navy Secretary Richard Spencer's dismissal over the weekend. And his own SEALs testified against him, including SEAL Dylan Dille, who testified that he witnessed Gallagher shoot innocent people with a sniper rifle. In response Trump then fired Spencer.

Critics say the actions undermine military justice and send a message that battlefield atrocities will be tolerated.

Attorneys for Breisch and MacNeil did not immediately respond to requests for comment. But the other half, many of whom are high ranking, believe the military must remain independent of partisan political influence and they don't see the President adhering to that.

Spencer referred to Trump's restoration of Gallagher's rank as a "shocking and unprecedented intervention in a low-level review".

Spencer issued a plea to USA military partners, asking for their understanding.

"I also began to work without personally consulting Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper on every step", Spencer said. "Not because we have the best equipment but because we are professionals".

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